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4.3
6,576 Ratings

Grave of the Fireflies

Hotaru no haka

Directed by Isao Takahata
Japan, 1988
Animation, Drama, War

Synopsis

After their mother dies following an air raid, a young brother and sister in Japan at the height of World War II struggle to survive and protect one another in an abandoned shelter.

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Grave of the Fireflies Directed by Isao Takahata
The movie remains one of the most startling and moving animated films ever. It is also, with the likes of “The 400 Blows,” “Kes,” and “Vagabond,” one of the finest films about being young in an indifferent world.
January 03, 2019
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Undoubtedly one of the saddest films ever made, Grave of the Fireflies never feels cloying, manipulative, or beyond the realm of possibility.
July 03, 2018
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Emotionally-draining in a most positive manner, the audience will know the film’s outcome but may wish for another alternative in order to ease the plight of hero and heroine. Takahata creates an animation that is more human than many live-action war films.
July 12, 2013
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